NAIDOC Week celebrations are in full swing across Greenwood this week. NAIDOC week is an opportunity to educate and share the incredibly rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We strive to give our children the educational tools necessary to form an understanding of the world around them. With this in mind, activities have been designed to encourage our children to develop:
- social awareness
- a sense of community participation
- the ability to respond to diversity with respect and an open mind.
Celebrating Indigenous culture is part of Greenwood’s G Curriculum throughout the year, however special emphasis is placed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during NAIDOC Week.
Our children will explore Indigenous culture through authentic art making, notably dot painting and hand painting. They will create boomerangs and learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People hunt and gather food. Some children will even make their own campfires and pretend to cook.
Our Preschoolers will learn how cave paintings are used for storytelling and will then have the opportunity to create a story themselves, using Aboriginal symbols.
In light of this year’s theme, Songlines – “the living narration of our nation”, our Greenwood children will be listening to traditional Indigenous music and dreamtime stories. Have a listen to “Tiddalick the Frog” at home with the kids!
With a focus of shaping the next generation of leaders, a highlight of our NAIDOC celebrations will be strengthening our continued partnership with Gunawirra House, an Aboriginal Children’s organisation working to improve the lives of Aboriginal infants, children and their families.
Greenwood Five Dock is leading a winter clothing drive, collecting a variety of warm clothing pieces to send to the families who are supported by Gunawirra House. There are clothing collection areas in each of our centres, and we are asking our Greenwood families to donate a new pair of pyjamas (matching the age and gender of your own child), 2 pairs of socks and any other warm winter donations.
Header Graphic: 2016 NAIDOC Artwork by Wollongong artist Lani Balzan, depicts a dreamtime journey across Australia.